Corbyn: oppose Brexit!

Published on: Wed, 12/06/2019 - 13:34


Boris Johnson and most other candidates want to have Britain out by 31 October, even if that means a no-deal Brexit and a new hard border in Ireland. Dominic Raab says he might “prorogue” Parliament — send the MPs home — to prevent MPs stopping no-deal. Michael Gove says he might consider a “short” delay, but that would be to finalise a supposed “alternative to the Irish backstop” which May’s efforts over many months have shown to be illusory.

The basic Tory-Brexiter aim is to “complete” the “Thatcher revolution”, to cut the UK free of EU pressures for social “levelling-up”, and to reorient

Corbyn is reactionary on Europe

Published on: Wed, 12/06/2019 - 10:16

Sean Matgamna

Labour’s victory in the Peterborough by-election on 6 June was of course good news. It was also bad news. It seemed to vindicate the Labour leadership’s political cloak-work and shilly-shallying on the EU.

In the 2016 referendum Labour fought Brexit. Now, behind the attempt to avoid alienating either the Remainers or the Brexiters, by fudging and mudging, the Labour leadership are committed Brexiters. They want Brexit, a soft Brexit, yes, but Brexit is Labour’s policy, no less than that of the May government — Brexit, and refusal to commit to a “people’s vote” that would include a Remain

March on 20 July?

Published on: Tue, 28/05/2019 - 19:55


Unofficial word is that the next big broadly-anti-Brexit demonstration will be called for 20 July 2019, soon after the Tory leader election result is announced.

Confusingly - since the choices will then almost surely be sharper, with a harder-Brexit Tory leader under pressure from Farage - there is talk of billing the demonstration as something more diffuse, like "People's March for Change".

The previous big demonstrations, on 20 October 2018 and 23 March 2019, were billed as "People's Vote".

One factor, it is said, is tensions between the bigger "People's Vote" outfit, in which Alastair

The ship that turned away

Published on: Mon, 11/03/2019 - 17:39

Alan Simpson

Sometimes the starkest warnings come from events that don't take place. In this case, the warning came from Honda's decision to turn back a ship destined for the UK. It was the arrival that never happened. But its significance runs far beyond Honda's current vehicle production in Swindon, Nissan's plans for manufacturing in Sunderland, Toyota's plant in Derbyshire or BMW's production of the new Mini at Cowley, Oxford.

Honda's ship was loaded with equipment needed for the next generation of electric vehicles. What turned away amounts to a bleak warning about post-Brexit Britain. It made a

"Labour for a Socialist Europe": the 9 March conference and after

Published on: Tue, 05/03/2019 - 10:14

The crisis of parliamentary politics over Brexit is one of the biggest such crises ever.

There is ferment in the electorate at large and especially in the Labour Party on the issue. The outcome remains very open. At least some delay of Brexit beyond 29 March is likely.

Those facts set the frame for what the 9 March conference of "Labour for a Socialist Europe" can hope to achieve.

It can pull together and organise a campaign inside the Labour Party against Brexit for the coming weeks and months. So far "Labour for a Socialist Europe" has operated through a ramshackle committee of volunteers:

Brexit's never-ending nonsense

Published on: Sat, 09/02/2019 - 14:29

Alan Simpson

Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Whatever happens, Brexit is going to dominate parliamentary politics for at least another year, maybe more. No matter how bored you are by it, no matter how tempted by the thought, "Oh, sod it, let's just jump and get it over with", the nightmare still has years to run.

Why? Because Britain is nowhere near prepared for anything. The legislation for leaving hasn't been prepared or passed. No post-Brexit trade deals are in place (though we're told that one with the Faroe Islands is looking hopeful !!). And no 'frictionless trade', ongoing

Labour's National Executive on Brexit and immigration

Published on: Fri, 01/02/2019 - 09:27

Pete Willsman, Alice Perry

These are the two reports so far published of the discussion on Brexit at the Labour Party's National Executive Committee on 29 January 2019.

They show that redoubled campaigning is needed for the views of Labour's rank and file to find substantial expression in the top committees. Neither report indicates any discussion at the National Executive on Labour's attitude to the Tory Immigration Bill second reading on 28 January (the front bench first called for abstention, and then, late, after pressure, voted against).

Pete Willsman

The discussion on Brexit at the NEC was serious, well-informed

Labour: stop Brexit! New public vote!

Published on: Tue, 29/01/2019 - 22:16


After the Parliamentary votes on 29 January, which gave Theresa May a mandate to try to tear up commitments to an “invisible” border in Ireland, Jeremy Corbyn said he would meet her to discuss Brexit terms.

Not a good move after previously refusing, since Parliament had just voted to seek an “alternative” to the “backstop” which protects Ireland.

On Monday 28 January the Labour front bench said it would abstain on Tory legislation to enable the Tories to write restrictive new immigration laws which would bar many workers and make others insecure with temporary visas.

After an outcry, they

For a Labour special conference on Brexit!

Published on: Fri, 18/01/2019 - 11:50

Manuel Cortes

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) General Secretary Manuel Cortes, a prominent supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, explains “Why I’m calling for a special Labour conference on Brexit” in an interview on The Clarion website.

"My confidence is rooted in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Labour members want [Remain and reform]. No party can survive long term without giving its members the ability to influence its policies. More importantly still, perhaps, Jeremy and John have a strong record of seeking to involve ordinary members in decision-making. That’s why I’m calling for a

"No deal" Brexit means trade disruption with the whole world

Published on: Fri, 18/01/2019 - 11:35

Chris Reynolds

According to the Financial Times (18 January), "Britain has failed to finalise most trade deals needed to replace the EU’s 40 existing agreements with leading global economies and will not be close to doing so when Brexit occurs on March 29, according to an internal Whitehall memorandum...

"Almost none of them are ready to go now and none will be ready to go by March,” said one government official who has seen the internal analysis of the Department of International Trade’s progress".

"No deal" Brexit doesn't just mean the UK losing its arrangements for quick and easy trade flows with the EU.

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